Number of rabid bats on rise in Jefferson County

JEFFERSON COUNTY - The number of bats infected with rabies is on the rise in Jefferson county. So far this summer, seven bats have tested positive for the virus, according to Jefferson County Public Health officials.

The most recent was found hanging outside the Foothills Park apartments in Arvada.

One tenant, Veronica Drew, says she and her fiancée noticed something was wrong with the small brown bat after spotting it near their apartment door Tuesday night.

"It wasn't really moving, and it was making a hissing sound, so we called animal control," Drew explained.

On Wednesday, animal control went out to the apartment. They took the bat to a lab where it was tested for rabies. The test came back positive.

Drew says the diagnosis is concerning because they often see several bats flying around their trees at night.

"We have a young son, and there's lots of kids around here that are intrigued with small animals" Drew said. "It's very concerning to hear it has rabies."

Another rabid bat was found at West Ridge Elementary School in Littleton Friday afternoon.

Public health officials are warning people to stay away from bats if they come into contact with the animal.

They say bats are migrating right now and will continue to do so through the fall.

If you see a bat, you're advised to call animal control.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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